Election commission president says Gnassingbe Togo election winner, family has ruled 43 years


The president of Togo’s election commission has declared the son of the late dictator winner of the presidential race with 60.9 per cent of the vote.

Issifou Tabio says provisional results show that Faure Gnassingbe won 1.2 million votes of the 2 million votes cast. Opposition leader Jean-Pierre Fabre received 692,584 votes.

The contentious election was the second since the death of Eyadema Gnassingbe. The family has ruled for 43 years.

Police spokesman Abalo Assih says officers in the capital earlier fired tear gas on some 200 protesters angry that the opposition party was trailing.

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